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Alvin Lau
Is This What Love Is?

Online dating has been a phenomenon since the early Millennium, making establishing connections amongst people more convenient. This establishment of convenience also stirs up the confusion of what relationships should be. This is part of my ongoing work Is This What Love Is. The series takes a look at how the use of dating apps has had an effect on contemporary relationships, or to another extent just to look at how modern relationships exist with each other.

As the photographer, I am constantly shifting between participating and documenting in such events. The process has become a liberating experience in itself. The work broke boundaries on what I personally thought a photography project could achieve. It instead became a catalyst in aiding my views on modern relationships whilst redefining what love is and what love can feel like in the 21st century.

We will have been young – Photo Exhibition

Alvin Lau *1994, Malaysia

Alvin Lau | Is This What Love Is? © Alvin Lau Alvin’s work explores the themes of death and life. After briefly studying Business Administration in university, he dropped out to pursue his career in photography. Alvin has since participated in a photography Masterclass with celebrated US photographer Maggie Steber at the OBSCURA Festival of Photography in 2015. He has also won the Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards, Asia Photographer of the Year 2015 and the IPA Photography Scholarship in 2017. This year, his work was showcased at Jeonju International Photo Festival and Landskrona Photo Festival.

  • Is This What Love Is? © Alvin Lau
  • Is This What Love Is? Alvin Lau
  • Is This What Love Is? © Alvin Lau